Learning from the Mud Talk: Continuum Understanding of Seasonal Migration in Southwest Coastal Bangladesh

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies, 4(1)

13 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2018

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Md Mostafizur Rahman

Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology; Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University

Mahmud Uz Zaman

Khulna University

Date Written: April 2, 2018

Abstract

To explain the theoretical link between migration and development, this paper conceptualizes that seasonal migration offers compartmental development, which is a step-by-step ‘priority accomplishing activities’ ranging from fulfilment of primary needs to upliftment of social status. In exploring seasonal migration linked with the three zones namely i) zone of influence-questioning the ‘why’ aspects, ii) zone of involvement-questioning the ‘how’ aspects, and iii) zone of investment-questioning the ‘what’ aspects, this research adopts a qualitative research design. The thematic analysis based on 15 in-depth interviews with brickfield workers shows that due to limited working opportunities in rural areas of southwest Bangladesh, seasonal migration holds opportunities to earn an ‘extra’ amount of money that is impossible to earn at the place of origin. Furthermore, seasonal migrants invest the economic gain immediately at the place of origin, and social gain in the next season to find more profitable and consistent working opportunities.

Keywords: Seasonal Migration, Brickfield Workers, 3 I’s, Thematic Analysis, Southwest Coastal Bangladesh

JEL Classification: R23

Suggested Citation

Rahman, Md Mostafizur and Zaman, Mahmud Uz, Learning from the Mud Talk: Continuum Understanding of Seasonal Migration in Southwest Coastal Bangladesh (April 2, 2018). International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies, 4(1). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3228124

Md Mostafizur Rahman (Contact Author)

Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology ( email )

North Ryde
Australia

Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University ( email )

Khulna
Bangladesh

HOME PAGE: http://www.ku.ac.bd

Mahmud Uz Zaman

Khulna University ( email )

Gollamari
Khulna, 8208
Bangladesh

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